Clinics & Services
Please consult your health visitor or midwife about these.
The doctors, midwife and health visitor run this clinic. It is held on Monday afternoons by appointment from 13:30 – 18:00 with the midwife. All the doctors will see antenatal patients during their normal surgeries.
One of the practice nurses will carry out a smear test during a well woman check if it is appropriate to do so. They may also be carried out during afternoon surgery by the practice nurses by appointment. It is recommended that all women (between the ages of 25 and 65) should have the test every 3-5 years and invitations are sent out to individual patients by the National Screening service at the appropriate times.
Child Health Clinic
The child immunisation clinic is held on Tuesday afternoons from 1.00pm last appointment 3.30pm. This clinic is to carry out childhood immunisations. The Health Visitor will arrange appointments for routine development checks directly with the parents. Parents are encouraged to discuss any problems about their child with the health visitor and/or their doctor. Patients are seen at the immunisation clinic by appointment.
Citizens Advice continue to hold their Friday morning session at the surgery offering free confidential advice on benefit, house, debt, work problems and much more. If you would like to make an appointment please contact Reception to make an appointment.
The practice runs a complete service for all diabetic patients, who are reviewed regularly. Patients are seen by the nurse and their own GP, they may also see the dietician and podiatrist as required, by appointment. There is a facility available once a year for diabetic patients to receive digital retinopathy checks free of charge, at the surgery. Appointments will be sent out to patients offering this check. Patients will be seen by the lead nurse, Mitch Pugh, who monitors diabetics in conjunction with the patient's usual doctor.
The doctors and nurses provide a full range of family planning services and pre-conceptual counselling.
New Patient Health Checks
All patients who have registered with the practice are invited to participate in a 'new patient health check' within six months of joining. During the consultation, such enquiries/examinations will be made as appear to be appropriate under the circumstances.
Other Health Checks
Any patient between the age of 16 and 74 who has not attended a consultation/clinic at the surgery in the last three years can request a consultation of which the practice will make such enquiries as appear to be appropriate in the circumstances.
Patients over 75, who have not participated in a consultation in the last 12 months can also request such a consultation. This can take place in the patient's home if it is felt reasonable that it would be inappropriate for the patient to attend the surgery premises.
Immunisations and Travel Clinic
For travel outside Western Europe you may need immunisations and/or anti-malarial tablets. To discuss your travel immunisation requirements please book an appointment with one of our practice nurses. Before you attend please go online and use the Fit for Travel NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. which will give a list of the immunisations you require and general travel advice. Bring this information with you when you visit the practice nurse who can then discuss and provide the relevant immunisations. It is strongly recommended that you book an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel immunisations wherever possible.
Influenza vaccine is available in October/November each year and immunisations will be given, wherever possible, in special surgery clinics. Patients aged 65 years and over and those with a chronic condition are recommended to have the vaccine and should telephone to book an appointment towards the end of September onwards.
Pneumococcal vaccine is available and patients who should receive this immunisation will be identified and written to inviting them to make an appointment or to see the practice nurse.
There is a national breast cancer screening service, which is administered centrally from Oxford. The mobile service visits the area annually. The service is offered to all women between the ages of 50 and 65 years and the follow-up is every three years. If you are in this age group you will automatically be sent an appointment by the administration centre.
The practice undertakes appropriate minor surgery. You will need to make an appointment with a GP in the first instance to discuss the appropriateness of surgery.
Mental Health Nurse Support team
The practice now has two Mental Health Nurses offering support clinics most weeks. Please see attached leaflet for further information. Appointments are available most Tuesdays morning & afternoon and Thursday afternoons.
There is a local service run by Age Concern called Sole Mates (details are available at the surgery).
The practice has a contract with the Breakspeare Clinic for it to provide an NHS physiotherapy service for our patients. This service is available only to those patients who meet strict NHS referral criteria and referral is by a doctor.
The Breakspeare Clinic offers physiotherapy and sports injury treatments, and education to prevent recurrence of injury and damage as well as treatment is a major emphasis. Should patients wish to self-refer to the clinic they should make direct contact on 01993 830913.
The lead Respiratory disease nurse is Julie Hyam. Clinics are held throughout the week and can be booked with one of the practice nurses in other booked appointment slots, please contact the reception team for further information of appointment availability. All patients with asthma should have an initial appointment for assessment and regular follow-up appointments as frequently as recommended by the nurse or doctor. Patients are seen by appointment or in some cases consultations can be by pre-arranged telephone appointments.
Patients who seek help and/or advice in quitting smoking can discuss this with the Margaret Mix, Healthcare Assistant by appointment; telephone 01993 831061. Please contact Margaret for further information.
Please make an appointment with a Practice Nurse or GP to discuss and individual plan.
Well Man Checks
These are normally carried out by the healthcare assistant or practice nurse and involve a blood pressure check together with a discussion on diet and lifestyle. A well man check can be arranged in any of the nursing team surgeries.
Well Woman Checks
These consist of a health check and offers the opportunity for discussion of women's problems and family planning. The practice nurses will see patients by appointment. Please contact reception to arrange.